Finding "A Sense of Place"

Something magical happens when we discover a sense of place. Emotionally we are no longer adrift; it’s like we’ve dropped anchor and belong to something bigger than ourselves.

 

   My solo show "A Sense of Place" is now hanging for the months of August and September (2018) at the York Public Library in York, Maine. I've been receiving lots of positive feedback from it and love hearing how both locals and non-locals are connecting with my work and the conceptional thread that pulls the show together. The process of getting to this point was a great challenge for me on many levels, but comments such as "we are enjoying your work tremendously" (Kim M.) and "Lovely and inspiring work" (Virginia J.) make the hard work feel but a distant memory. For those of you who aren't able to see the show in person, I thought I'd share a bit about how it all came to be...
   The work in this show was born from of a particularly challenging move my family and I made to Maine three years ago, just a month after the death of my mother and the birth of my youngest child. Trying to find my own sense of place within these milestones and in a new community forced me to be purposeful in my attempts to feel at home. As an artist, my reflex was to connect with this new environment through observation and sketching. 
   When it came time to move beyond sketching I realized that the boxes that held my art supplies were in an inaccessible area of our storage unit, and would be for months and months to come. I was faced with the necessity of purchasing new supplies, and so it seemed to me as good a time as any to try a new medium, one that I had been interested in for a long time. That medium was printmaking, and I immersed myself in it as a way forward through those tumultuous experiences of death, birth and moving.
    The work that emerged from this new experimentation became, not only the body of this show, but the beginnings of a new avenue of artistic expression for me. The show is my way of saying thank-you to this new community which I love and a celebration of my entrance into the world of printmaking.
   If you are in the area, I hope you will take the time to visit this show, which hangs in the Kennebunk Room of the York, Maine public library, lower level until the end of September The show will make 2 other stops before ending at the end of December -- check out all the details on my Events page.

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Rhonda Lynch